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Red Cross cares for 135 people in 20 days

During the twenty days from January 20 through February 7, the volunteers of the Red Cross responded to and assisted 135 people in 24 separate incidents.

Fire Hurts! The American Red Cross serving South Central Pennsylvania considers January and February "Fire Hurts" season, due to the large numbers of fires during the cold winter months.

During the twenty days from January 20 through February 7, the volunteers of the Red Cross responded to and assisted 135 people in 24 separate incidents. Of these incidents, 23 were from home fires, the remaining incident was a gas leak.

On February 7, an early morning fire on Ninth Street in Lebanon, displaced nine families, 26 people. The homes were destroyed and the Red Cross is assisting with immediate needs of food clothing and shelter and is working with the families to help them onto the path of recovery.

In every response, the Red Cross was on hand to provide food, clothing and shelter, according to the needs caused by the disaster, and to provide emotional support and guidance to those affected.

Residents of South Central Pennsylvania are asked to check their smoke detectors, review fire safety plans with their family members, have heating equipment inspected and take extreme caution while using alternative heating sources, including space heaters and wood stoves and fireplaces.

Help people affected by disasters by donating to the American Red Cross. A financial gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in the community, across the country and around the world.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions may be sent to the American Red Cross serving South Central Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 4624, Lancaster, PA 17604 or you can click on the "Make a Donation" icon on the right side of the page.